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Welcome to Greater Heights School

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Our Infant and Woddler programs lead your baby’s initial experiences toward a lifelong love of learning and exploration. Greater Heights School teachers provide a healthy early learning environment for movement, exploration and communication. Our teachers sing songs and read stories to encourage language acquisition, and they pass balls and play games to develop motor skills. Teachers also introduce language phrases to encourage the children to learn and develop new vocabulary in both English and Spanish.

Toddlers

Greater Heights School’s Toddler program inspires your child’s natural curiosity in an exciting and dynamic learning atmosphere. Our Toddler Learning Centers are a learning collage filled with blocks, puzzles, art supplies and books to encourage imaginary play, and circle time incorporates stories and songs that nurture the development of language and social skills in both English and Spanish. Toddlers enjoy a harmonious daily structure with quiet activities, animated music and movement lessons and plenty of outdoor playtime.

Pre-K

Greater Heights School’s highly trained teachers introduce the FrogStreet© curriculum for Preschoolers and Pre-K students which promotes self-confidence by encouraging children to progress at their own pace according to their individual needs and abilities. Our programs promote cooperative play and collaborative problem-solving skills through age-appropriate lesson plans. Our curriculum for math, science, dramatic play, music, creative art and computers provide opportunities for learning new experiences.

Meet our Staff

WE ARE ALL HERE TO HELP YOU

Greater Heights School is now hiring for all teachers and associate teachers. Teachers should have a degree in early childhood education or related fields, and assistant teachers should have extensive early childhood education and experience as well as complete our exclusive Greater Heights School training.  All teachers will utilize effective and unique lesson plans to engage children in the learning process. They will maintain a high health and safety standard, excellent classroom practices and progressive guidelines and enrichment programs in order to provide an outstanding education to our children. Please call (713) 492-2720 or email at harold@greaterheightsschool.com

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Our Mission

WHAT'S OUR GOAL
The goal of Greater Heights School is to provide children with a rich and nurturing atmosphere where they feel safe to explore, initiate learning, and feel free to express themselves all while achieving their full potential. Our unique approach will help develop your child into a happy, confident student who is prepared for success academically and in life. Our highly qualified teachers cultivate the cognitive and social development of each child by dotingly guiding them via a play-based learning curriculum.
Although Greater Heights School is located in the heart of the Heights and we proudly offer premium child care experiences to Norhill, Montie Beach, Brooke Smith, Shady Acres, Cottage Grove, Woodland Heights, Sunset Heights, Candlelight Plaza, Mangum Manor, Lazybrook, Timbergrove Manor, Candlelight Woods, Candlelight Estates, Oak Forest, Garden Oaks, Shepherd Forest, and our other surrounding communities.

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THINGS TO DO

Our program reflects the belief that learning takes place primarily through exploratory activities and discovery. The amount of adult guidance varies with each activity, as it is our belief that a good program offers both directed and non-directed experiences, encouraging your child to plan and think about their actions.

The atmosphere at Greater Heights School is relaxed and casually geared towards the interests and needs of your child, allowing them the freedom to be themselves and develop as a unique individual. We take into consideration your child’s differences and special abilities as well as your families’ culture and values.

Research studies have shown that play is the most effective and powerful way for young children to learn. Often it is said that play is the work of childhood, the primary method for them to learn about themselves, others and their world. Some scientists have found evidence that play can sculpt the brain and build denser webs of neural connections. When we play we literally exercise our brain cells. The nerve cells in the brain actually thicken and grow as we learn.

Play is the best way for young children to learn the concepts, skills, and tasks needed to set a solid foundation for later school and life success. At Greater Heights School, we focus on developing the whole child: socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Our common play activities and programs meet these goals.

 

Children are naturally curious. From the minute they gain control of their limbs, they work to put themselves out into the world to see how it all works. They explore, observe and imitate, trying to figure out how things operate and how to control themselves and their environments. This unrestricted exploration helps children form connections in their brain, it helps them learn—and it’s also fun.

Our Art Program allows our students to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life, but also for learning. Fine motor skills: Grasping pencils, crayons, chalk and paintbrushes helps children develop their fine motor muscles. This development will help your child with writing, buttoning a coat and other tasks that require controlled movements. Cognitive development: Art can help children learn and practice skills like patterning and cause and effect (i.e., “If I push very hard with a crayon the color is darker.”). Math skills: Children can learn, create and begin to understand concepts like size, shape, making comparisons, counting and spatial reasoning. Language skills: As children describe and share their artwork, as well as their process, they develop language skills. We encourage this development by actively listening and asking open-ended questions in return.

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Music ignites all areas of child development: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. At Greater Heights School our Music Program exposes children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression.

For toddlers and preschoolers, music making can be a dynamic social learning experience. Making music together, children learn to work as a team while they each contribute to the song in their own way. At the same time, music helps children learn that together they can make something larger than the sum of its parts. More benefits of music for children include learning cooperation, sharing, compromise, creativity, and concentration – skills that become invaluable as they enter school, face new challenges, and begin to form new friendships and develop social skills.

We begin bilingual teaching early because the special language learning ability of children decreases with age. The earlier they become immersed in a second language, the easier they will adopt it and remember it. Our Environment Works. The natural approach of our childcare setting reduces anxiety and stimulates learning. Children are encouraged to learn through their play, and we foster a fun, yet structured, learning environment. Cultural Exposure. Childhood is the best time for cultural understanding. Our children not only learn a language, but the ideas of other cultures. This broadens their ideas and adds depth to their learning. Lifelong Language Capacity.With the language foundation we provide at Greater Heights School, our children are poised to continue and grow their language skills. Their increased language base can increase their overall success in school and even in learning other languages.

Why Bilinguals Are Smarter (from the New York Times)

“SPEAKING two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.”

 

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